Konstantinovy Lázně is a spa village and municipality in Tachov District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. The municipality covers an area of 23.81 square kilometres, has a population of 937. Konstantinovy Lázně lies 28 kilometres east of Tachov, 33 km north-west of Plzeň, 106 km west of Prague. Czech Statistical Office: Municipalities of Tachov District
Erpužice is a village and municipality in Tachov District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. The municipality covers an area of 14.51 square kilometres, has a population of 337. Erpužice lies 31 kilometres east of Tachov, 26 km west of Plzeň, 104 km west of Prague. Karl Ernstberger Czech Statistical Office: Municipalities of Tachov District
Tachov is a town in the Pilsen Region of the Czech Republic. It lies on some 55 km to the west from the region capital of Pilsen. Tachov is the seat of the Municipality with Extended Competence and the Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority. Tachov is a city situated in the west part of the Czech Republic close to the German border, it lies in the middle of protected landscape area known as the Bohemian Forest. There is a one river flowing through the whole region of Tachov, the river Mže. Tachov has about 12 640 inhabitants, it is part of the Plzeň County, is divided into small neighborhoods like Biletín, Malý Rapotín, Mýto, Oldřichov, Světce, Velký Rapotín, Vítkov. The head of the city is Jiří Struček, he is at the same time a deputy governor of Pilsen Region. Although the district is agricultural, Tachov has industry; some of the products that are manufactured here are molds for plastic injection, ski sticks, windows, or many different types of components for car industry. Public transport is by train.
The area was inhabited by humans around 8,000-6,000 BCE. The first written document mentioning Tachov comes from 1115. King Ottokar II of Bohemia built a new castle with a massive round stone tower there, he founded a walled town near the castle. During the Hussite Wars, the city was several times conquered. In 1427, Prokop the Great defeated the crusaders near Tachov; the Thirty Years War damaged the city considerably. In 1664, Count Johann Anton Losy became the new proprietor; the Losy family began conversion of the medieval castle to a large baroque château. In 1784, the title passed to the Windisch-Graetz family; the Windisch-Graetzs, in their turn, rebuilt the house in the classical style at great expense. Until 1918, Tachov was part of the Austrian Empire, capital of the district of Tachau, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia. A post office was opened in Tachov in October 1850. In 1938, it was occupied by the German army as part of the Sudetenland. Most of the German-speaking population was expelled in 1945.
The area was only repopulated by Czechs and Slovaks, but by immigrants from Romania and Ukraine. On uranium was mined here, attracting laborers to work in the mines. After the Velvet Revolution that ended the Communist era in 1989, the uranium mines were closed; some German companies established factories in the area to make use of the cheap labour. However, the Tachov area is still among the economically least developed Czech regions. During the 14th century, the city walls were built up around the town, they became a pride of Tachov because of its condition that they are in. In the walls there were three entrances to the town. Thanks to the reconstruction, the walls are well kept, so today we can see all of the original twenty-four towers, which played an important role during wars and enemy attacks; the castle with a cylindrical tower was built up during the reign of Přemysl Otakar II. In 1802 the tower was taken down, the Windischgrätz family built up the Renaissance castle instead; the construction was finished in 1808 and the Windischgrätzs lived here until 1939.
During World War II, the castle was used for civil and military purposes, but it was ruined, so in 1968 there was the possibility of demolition. The castle was saved and from 1969 to 1983 it was under reconstruction, it is now used as The School of Art and the Municipal Office today, so it is still open to the public. First it was a Gothic church; the last reconstruction lasted from 1904–1908 and the church was rebuilt in neogothic style. The inside arrangements come from 1670, it does not have only the classical function of a church. Nowadays there are held many concerts during the year, it is much – frequented during the Christmas time, it may antedate the city itself. In 1802 the Windischgrätzs bought they made it a family tomb, it is a simple building located in park. There are still many tombstones of significant burgesses, who lived in Tachov during the 15th – 18th century. In 1947 the Czechoslovakian Hussite Church took over this place; the first Franciscans came to Tachov in 1466 and since this year both – the church and the monastery went through many reconstructions.
An Italian architect Martino Allio made the first reconstruction in 1686–1694, the most important one came in years 1745–1750. In 1945 bombs damaged the church and four years it was closed. Since 1945 it has been used as the County Museum, it offers information about the history of Tachov and the region surrounding it; the museum is used for many activities and many expositions are held here every year. The regent Jan Filip Husmann found this baroque mill in 1645. During reconstruction a millwheel was added and at this time it is used by the Cultural Center of the Town and the Tachov’s Children Choir; the churchyard was found in 1615 near the Rapotín Street. The oldest extant gravestones come from the 17th century. STAKUS Tachov made arrangements that should prevent another damaging of gravestones. Světce is a complex. One of them is a monastery built in the 17th century. Josef II cancelled it and so in 1787 the Windischgrätzs bought it and rebuilt it as a castle; the castle, finished in 1700 went down, nowadays we can see only some remain of the walls and a small tower.
The last one is a riding hall from the time of romanticism, which was
Kokašice is a village and municipality in Tachov District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. The municipality covers an area of 13.45 square kilometres, has a population of 272. Kokašice lies 25 kilometres east of Tachov, 35 km north-west of Plzeň, 109 km west of Prague. Czech Statistical Office: Municipalities of Tachov District
Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Willem-Alexander is the King of the Netherlands, having ascended the throne following his mother's abdication in 2013. Willem-Alexander was born in Utrecht as the oldest child of Princess Beatrix and diplomat Claus van Amsberg, he became Prince of Orange as heir apparent upon his mother's accession as queen on 30 April 1980, succeeded her following her abdication on 30 April 2013. He went to public primary and secondary schools, served in the Royal Netherlands Navy, studied history at Leiden University, he married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002 and they have three daughters: Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane. Willem-Alexander is interested in international water management issues; until his accession to the throne, he was a member of the International Olympic Committee, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Water to the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, chairman of the Secretary-General of the United Nations' Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand was born on 27 April 1967 in the Utrecht University Hospital, Now the University Medical Center Utrecht in Utrecht, Netherlands. He is the first child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus, the first grandchild of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard, he was the first male Dutch royal baby since the birth of Prince Alexander in 1851, the first immediate male heir since Alexander's death in 1884. From birth, Willem-Alexander has held the titles Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer of Amsberg, he was baptised as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church on 2 September 1967 in Saint Jacob's Church in The Hague. His godparents are Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Gösta Freiin von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen, Ferdinand von Bismarck, former Prime Minister Jelle Zijlstra, Jonkvrouw Renée Röell, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, he had two younger brothers: Prince Constantijn. He lived with his family at the castle Drakensteyn in the hamlet Lage Vuursche near Baarn from his birth until 1981, when they moved to the larger palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.
His mother Beatrix became Queen of the Netherlands in 1980. He received the title of Prince of Orange as heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Willem-Alexander attended Nieuwe Baarnse Elementary School in Baarn from 1973 to 1979, he went to three different secondary schools: the Baarns Lyceum in Baarn from 1979 to 1981, the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague from 1981 to 1983, the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, the UK, from which he received his International Baccalaureate. After his military service from 1985 to 1987, Willem-Alexander studied History at Leiden University from 1987 onwards and received his MA degree in 1993, his final thesis was on the Dutch response to France's decision under President Charles de Gaulle to leave the NATO's integrated command structure. Willem-Alexander speaks English, Spanish and German in addition to his native Dutch. Between secondary school and his university education, Willem-Alexander performed military service in the Royal Netherlands Navy from August 1985 until January 1987.
He received his training at the Royal Netherlands Naval College and the frigates HNLMS Tromp and HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, where he was an ensign. In 1988 he became a lieutenant; as a reservist for the Royal Netherlands Navy, Willem-Alexander was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1995, Commander in 1997, Captain at Sea in 2001, Commodore in 2005. As a reservist for the Royal Netherlands Army, he was made a Major in 1995, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1997, Colonel in 2001, Brigadier General in 2005; as a reservist for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, he was made Squadron Leader in 1995 and promoted to Air Commodore in 2005. As a reservist for the Royal Marechaussee, he was made Brigadier General in 2005. Before his investiture as king in 2013, Willem-Alexander was honorably discharged from the armed forces; the government declared that the head of state cannot be a serving member of the armed forces, since the government itself holds supreme command over the armed forces. As king, Willem-Alexander may choose to wear a military uniform with royal insignia, but not with his former rank insignia.
Since 1985, when he became 18 years old, Willem-Alexander has been a member of the Council of State of the Netherlands. This is chaired by the head of state. King Willem-Alexander is interested in water management and sports issues, he was an honorary member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st century and patron of the Global Water Partnership, a body established by the World Bank, the UN, the Swedish Ministry of Development. He was appointed as the Chairperson of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation on 12 December 2006. On 10 October 2010, Willem-Alexander and Máxima went to the Netherlands Antilles' capital, Willemstad, to attend and represent his mother, the Queen, at the Antillean Dissolution ceremony, he was a patron of the Dutch Olympic Games Committee until 1998 when he was made a member of the International Olympic Committee. After becoming King, he relinquished his membership and received the Gold Olympic Order at the 1
Bor (Tachov District)
Bor is a town in the Pilsen Region of the Czech Republic. It lies some 50 km to the west from the region capital of Pilsen, it is the seat of the Municipality with Commissioned Local Authority within the Tachov Municipality with Extended Competence. The popular TV series Hospital at the End of the City takes place in Bor. Media related to Bor at Wikimedia Commons Municipal website
Svojšín is a village and municipality in Tachov District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. The municipality covers an area of 13.55 square kilometres, has a population of 460. Svojšín lies 22 kilometres east of Tachov, 34 km west of Plzeň, 115 km west of Prague. Czech Statistical Office: Municipalities of Tachov District